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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Full Circle

Hi Everyone! How was your holiday? Ours was wonderful! Although I didn't get around to those Castroville Eggs I spoke about the other day, Marion and I did manage to have a delightful breakfast at the neighborhood diner. As for dinner, we went simple; prime rib, roasted rosemary potatoes (although Marion swears Rosemary elevates blood pressure:) and a fresh balsamic roasted vegetable medley of red peppers, onions, mushrooms, and fennel. No, I didn't take pictures:) I did however, turn the leftovers into one heck of a cheese steak monster the next day!


It whipped up in a dash after I rolled out a tube of grand biscuits, covered each layer with the leftover vegetables, including a few potatoes, drizzled some pan juices, and topped it all off with grated Monterery Jack cheese and another rolled out grand. (which is all I had in the fridge:) Pinch the sides bake 15 minutes, Wha La! And, it was yummy!
In general, the day was a quiet one. I saw the grandkids via Skype in the morning before they left for church. (I'm waiting patiently for the "dress-up" pics:) And I spent a little time visiting you "guys" while Marion crocheted two more baby sets for the local hospital.
Without a doubt, the highlight of my day was my visit over at T.W.'s. I can't help it, I always get excited when one of you "guys" cooks up a recipe that I've included in one of my posts. In this case, baked up... That's right kiddies, remember this recipe from St. David's Day?
Well, not only did T.W. share it at his blog Culinary Types, he also included a Daffodowndilly poem by A.A. Milne. Perfect, I thought, now I get to share this Daffy-Down-Dilly illustration by Katharine Wireman. (©1929) This print has been resting in my cedar chest for-ever! Thanks T.W!

American woman illustrator, Katharine Wireman, was born in Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. A woman illustrator in the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century had kind of a hard road, because once you got married, it was usually over. Katharine Wireman continued working after her marriage, doing covers for the Saturday Evening Post, for lots of children's books, and also for Procter & Gamble, where she used her children as the models for their tremendously successful Ivory Soap advertising promotion. (source)
Would you believe one of Katharine Wireman's original oils on canvas was appraised on the Antique Roadshow for between $7,000-$9,000 dollars!

Have a wonderful rest of the week everyone. I'll be back bright and early Sunday morning with a brand new post. In the mean time, I have some more visiting to do:)

21 Nibbles:

grace said...

that's certainly the most attractive monster i've ever seen... :)

Pierce said...

Mmmmm...cheeeese steak! Music to my ears, I miss that about Philly. The meal with prime rib sounds very nice and I am impressed with what you did with leftovers. I have used biscuits before to make meat pies but what you made looks a great deal more appealing.
Glad you had a great Easter :-)

Sonia said...

wonderful cake !

Gloria said...

Love the cake and love this illustration Louise is beautiful!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Louise, so glad to hear you and Marion had a nice Easter. Thanks so much for the Daffodil Cake inspiration. It was the perfect end to our meal on Long Island! And I love the illustration of Daffy-Down-Dilly!

yummychunklet said...

I so meant to make an angel food cake over the Easter weekend, but I didn't get a chance. Great post!

Baking Addict said...

Glad to hear that you and Marion had a lovely Easter even though you didnt get round to eggs castroville. That cheese steak monster looks awesome! The cake of course is the highlight. Lovely illustration too :)

CarrieMarie said...

oh my, the leftovers look amazing! glad you had a good Easter!! :)

Reeni said...

That cheese steak monster has my stomach rumbling! I'm glad you both had a good Easter!

Kit @ i-lostinausten said...

Wow! You've done wonders with leftovers & turn out to be such a delicious & tempting dish! Simply AWESOME! Love the illustration too! Have a lovely day to you & Marion! :)

kitchen flavours said...

I was thinking about your Castroville Eggs! But am glad that both you and Marion had a great Easter! And that did not look like leftovers to me, it looks really delicious! Wish you a lovely day!

SissySees said...

Sorry but the illustration steals the show on this post. I'm off to google more of her work.

Lynn said...

Mmm, your cheese steak sandwich looks amazing, Louise! Very creative way to use up leftovers. So is there an official leftover month? ;)

Janet Rudolph said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful Easter. So glad. I must make this Daffodil Cake, even without chocolate! Love the illustration. I, too, miss Philly Cheesesteaks.. Loved them when I grew up there. Best to Marion.

Lizzy said...

Your Easter dinner sounds marvelous! And I love how creative you got with the leftovers!!! Your daffodil cake is quite tempting, too. Enjoy your weekend!

Lizzy said...

Hoping my post went through :) If not, I'll just rewish you a wonderful weekend!

anney said...

The cheese steak monster looks delish! It made me hungry by just looking at the picture! Have a great weekend!

Heather @girlichef.com said...

That sounds like a great holiday meal - and those leftovers!! YUM!

artofnaturalliving.com said...

Sounds like your Easter went well! I love visiting on Skype for the holidays. With my oldest studying abroad, she has still been part of every holiday via Skype!

Choc Chip Uru said...

What a gorgeous looking cake - a perfect Easter treat after that melting cheese sensation :D

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

lena said...

louise, you're brilliant to come up with that cheese steaks! It looks fabulous!